Eco Printing & Natural Dyes

October 28 - October 29, 2023

Eco Printing & Natural Dyes


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $65

Come join Oksana and learn how to successfully create your own Eco prints! Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. The basic principle of eco-printing is that various leaves and plant materials (fresh or dried) possess tannins that have the innate ability to print permanent color onto fabric fibers when combined with the proper technique and procedure. Eco-printing is directly related to the art of dyeing with natural plant materials. The process usually involves steaming to create a distinctive print.  We will discuss how to identify and collect the plants for eco-printing and their preparation. We will make a sample chart to compare how different materials like cotton, silk, and other fabrics react to natural dyes. We will also learn about scouring and mordanting textiles to prepare them to dye and modifying agents for print variation. We will explore the “blanket” technique, where we affect the color-imprinted leaves by applying additional fabric soaked in different solutions. At the end of the weekend you will have two silk scarves completed with different techniques. This workshop is open to students of all levels, no experience required.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Oksana Danziger

Oksana is a natural-born creator with a passion for textile art. She has worked as a textile artist in the industry for more than thirty years. Her clients include companies like GAP, Ann Taylor, and Tommy Bahama. After graduating from Moscow Textile Academy in 1896 she participated in various art and craft shows until she emigrated to the US in 1991. In the past five years, she has explored the world of sustainable art and especially Eco-printing and natural dyes. Oksana teaches many workshops on Long Island at Suffolk Art Museum, Long Island art League, and Parrish museum.

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